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Arts Council - Minutes     
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Pam Rock, at 6:30 pm at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA  98040
 
Roll Call
Members Present: Kevin Curry, Megan Hand, Ellen Hochberg, Shelly Krispin, Helen Martin, Katalin Pearman, Fred Poyner and Pam Rock.  Absent: Jane Ditzler and Sara Liberty-Laylin
 
City Council:
Council Member Jane Meyer Brahm was present.
 
Staff:
Diane Mortenson, Staff Liaison; and Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Administrative Assistant
 
Appearances:

Suzanne Foster, MIVAL
Suzanne presented four entries for consideration as artwork for the 2011 Mostly Music in the Park brochures and poster.  Following a discussion, by a show of hands, the winner was “Pergola”’.  Pergola is a manipulated photograph by Doris Kleemann-Fischer.
Suzanne felt that Doris could manipulate the photo to work well with a variety of media. Helen will contact Doris about this. Chair, Pam Rock, thanked Suzanne and asked her to thank all of the artists for their submissions.
 
Citizen David Rosen, 7905 SE 28th Street, #305, Mercer Island, WA  98040
David was part of the committee that chose the banners. He was here tonight to ask the cause for the delay in hanging them. Diane explained that staff went through a process with the city to see if it could be done in-house. The response was that it was too close to the holidays and the city would be unable to do it at this time.  It was an Arts Council decision to use a professional company to hang the banners. It then went out for re-bid. It is unfortunate that a combination of the weather and difficulty securing the contractor resulted in a delay.  Helen requested that Amber provide a written summery of the project and send a letter to the Public Art Committee explaining the delay and thanking them for their input.
 
There was some discussion regarding the size of the banners. They seemed small to some Arts Council members.  Diane stated that she will check into this, and once the size has been confirmed set a deadline for completion of the hanging.  Shelly Krispin stated that she thought some of the banners that have already been hung are upside down.  If this proves to be the case, Diane assured the Arts Council that she will make arrangements to have it corrected.
 
Approval of Minutes:
Approval of the minutes of the February Arts Council meeting is deferred until the April meeting.
 
Chair Report:
Pam Rock, Chair
Pam reported that the 2010 Annual Report and 2011 Work plan were distributed and have gone to the City Council.Pam reported that she recently met with Jacques Imperial from Congressman Reichert’s office.  She indicated an interest in seeking out grant opportunities for the Arts Council.
 
Staff Report:
No Report.
 
Mostly Music in the Park
Helen Martin, Committee Chair
No report.
 
Literary
Megan Hand, Interim Committee Chair
Megan reported that film attendance has been good with the exception of one bitterly cold evening.  The last film was attended by more outsiders than Aljoya residents.  It is anticipated that the French film will draw a large crowd.  Aljoya has been able to move viewing to a larger space when attendance is high.
 
Gallery
Ellen Hochberg, Committee Chair
The Community Center Manager has requested approval to paint the Arts Council’s white glass cabinets black.  After a brief discussion the consensus was to leave them as they are. It was felt the white makes them more visible.
 
Ellen reported that the current gallery show “order of operations” is four artists from a local group that meets regularly for inspiration, shared learning and constructive critique.  The show runs through March 18th. The artists’ reception was held on Friday March 4th from 6-8:00 pm.  It was noted that one of the artists, Chris Conklin-Ray, is selling quite well.
 
Public Art
Jane Ditzler, Committee Chair
No Report.
 
Community Relations
Kevin Curry, Committee Chair
No Report.
 
Special Events
Sara Liberty-Laylin, Committee Chair
3rd Thursday:
In Sara’s absence Shelly Krispin reported that fifteen businesses have committed to being a part of 3rd Thursday.  The Stephanie Porter band is booked for June 16th.  The committee is coordinating with Helen about Mostly Music in the Park for the July event and with Jennifer and Matt Pierce for the August event.  The first event will take place at the south end of the Island.  Middle School art will be featured at this event.
 
Announcements:
The high school fine arts show is coming up. Every single elementary, middle and high school will have art on display. 
The Art Bus will be launched at the end of March.
 
Meeting adjourned at 7:28 pm.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
 

 

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